Breast Cancer

October 30, 2017

Your First Mammogram – What to Expect

By Janet Magruder, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN Mission Breast Program A mammogram is an important step in taking care of yourself and your breasts. Early detection of breast cancer is the key to successful treatment. Over the years, there has been much debate over breast cancer screening and there are conflicting recommendations from various organizations. […]

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October 27, 2017

Navigating Uncertain Waters – Joan’s Inspiring Story of Overcoming Breast Cancer

By Rebecca Alexander Joan Uhler of Brevard is a wife, mother, and a woman of faith. Joan is also one who seeks new adventures and journeys; she loves exploring the world and traveling on cruises with her husband. But in 1996, Joan was faced with an unplanned and daunting journey – a breast cancer diagnosis. […]

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October 23, 2017

Breast Cancer and Clinical Trials – What You Need to Know

By Leslie Verner, Certified Breast Cancer Nurse Mission Cancer Program Mission Hospital’s Cancer Program is proud to offer clinical trials to our breast cancer patients. But what exactly is a clinical trial? What are the benefits? How do patients decide if they are right for them? Let’s address these common questions. What are clinical trials? […]

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October 13, 2017

Study Shows Breast Cancer Mortality Rates Are Declining – Our Expert Explains Why

By Rachel Raab, MD        A recent study shows from 1989 to 2015, breast cancer death rates decreased by 39 percent, which translates to 322,600 averted breast cancer deaths in the United States. The decrease in mortality was seen in both younger and older women but has slowed for women younger than age 50 […]

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October 4, 2017

Raising a Glass for Breast Cancer Awareness – Pink Pint Night Funds Important Screenings

One of the most impactful messages to share during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the importance of proper screening. We are honored to partner with local nonprofit organization Ladies’ Night Out, which provides underinsured and uninsured women in Buncombe County with access to mammograms, blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings and pap tests. We all have […]

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September 29, 2017

All Breasts Are Not the Same – Do You Know Your Breast Density?

By Rachel Raab, MD Did you know that women with dense breast tissue are at 4-6 times higher risk of developing breast cancer? The breast consists of fat and breast tissue as well as connective tissue that holds everything together. Breast density is a measure used to describe the proportion of these different tissues. It […]

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April 7, 2017

Radiation for Breast Cancer Treatment – Why Less Is More

By W. Mark McCollough, MD Mission Radiation Oncology Due to a revolution in knowledge of DNA and molecular signatures of tumors, the selective use of cancer treatment such as radiation therapy is evolving toward a trend where less is more. In turn, the “Choosing Wisely” approach used by experts at Mission Health can limit treatment, […]

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January 6, 2017

Just the Facts – What You Need to Know About 3D Mammography

By Kelly McFarland Regional Director of Imaging, Mission Health Traditional mammograms are being transformed. The 3D mammogram, also known as breast tomosynthesis, is a way of acquiring breast images by creating multiple slices similar to a CT scan. These images are used in addition to the standard 2D images. This multi-slice image creates a more […]

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October 17, 2016

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 7 – Why Do You Go Pink?

Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. We know those women are your loved ones, either right here in western North Carolina or across the country, and we wanted to help YOU send them a special message in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We asked, you responded! Thanks to […]

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October 7, 2016

Asheville Citizen-Times: Do You Know Your Risk for Breast Cancer?

Dr. Rachel Raab, hematologist oncologist with Cancer Care of WNC and Director of the Mission Breast Program, helps the Asheville Citizen-Times explain the risk factors of breast cancer. Below is an excerpt from the article. Women tend to pay more attention to breast cancer during October, Breast Cancer Awareness month. But the disease can strike any […]

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